Robert and Anne Jacklin, Black Ridgefield pioneers, must have instilled a love of country in their family. As many as four of their sons fought in the American Revolution.
Robert was born in 1715 in New London, son of a former slave who had bought his own freedom. His family moved to what is now New Canaan and he worked on his parents’ farm until he was 30. In 1745, after learning of a new territory that Ridgefield had just purchased from the local natives, he bought 74 acres in upper Ridgebury. He and wife Anne became among the first settlers of northern Ridgefield.